Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
Release Date: September 5, 2011
Most high school sports teams have rivalries with other schools. At Hamilton High, it's a civil war: the football team versus the soccer team. And for her part, Lissa is sick of it. Her quarterback boyfriend, Randy, is always ditching her to go pick a fight with the soccer team or to prank their locker room. And on three separate occasions Randy's car has been egged while he and Lissa were inside, making out. She is done competing with a bunch of sweaty boys for her own boyfriend's attention.
Lissa decides to end the rivalry once and for all: she and the other players' girlfriends go on a hookup strike. The boys won't get any action from them until the football and soccer teams make peace. What they don't count on is a new sort of rivalry: an impossible girls-against-boys showdown that hinges on who will cave to their libidos first. And Lissa never sees her own sexual tension with the leader of the boys, Cash Sterling, coming.
Inspired by Aristophanes' play Lysistrata, critically acclaimed author of The DUFF(Designated Ugly Fat Friend) Kody Keplinger adds her own trademark humor in this fresh take on modern teenage romance, rivalry and sexuality.
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Among others, one of my college majors is Theatre, so I have a lot of familiarity with Lysistrata. In fact, I would potentially go as far as to say Lysistrata conned me into dating. I had an okay time at first, but things degenerated quickly and ended in an unfriendly breakup. We don't ignore each other in passing, but we definitely don't hang out anymore. Shut Out being the younger, cooler cousin of Lysistrata, I feel it would be unfair of me to hate it on sight, but there is some justified wariness at the genetic connection.
That being said, I definitely plan on reading Kody Keplinger's sophomore novel (click here to read my review of her first novel, The DUFF), and I am excited to find out how she characterizes some of these old, very parodied characters into modern, relatable teens. Did anyone buy the book yesterday? What did you think?